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TWiSK #385

Eildon Mansion on sale again
Michael Gawenda Book launch
New Writing by She Writes Collective @ Theatre Works
History is Calling rally @ St Kilda Town Hall
Madame Brussels’ final destination explained
Beach Volleyball is back
St Kilda misses out on early voting places
3D images of Triangle ‘alarming’ says unChain

Plus a smorgasbord of gigs:

From Percy Grainger to the Punjab, Dolly to Dalicados
Tex to Cash, Cartwheels to Castaways

Social 4s beach volleyball @ Republica St Kilda Sea Baths

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6pm start, play until sunset
Now that we are in summertime, the beach volley ball is back outside Republica, followed by pizza & drinks. $120/team = $30/player or $25/student
Sign up and info 

New Writing by She Writes Collective @ Theatre Works
Wednesday 4 October – Friday 6 October, 6 pm & 8 pm
A collection of 15 minute excerpts from new plays from the She Writes Collective writing program for female-identifying and non-binary playwrights.
Participating writers include a cross section of gender diverse, culturally diverse, emerging and early-career writers of performance across a range of age groups and abilities, at varying stages in their playwriting practices. They’ve all had a burning idea they wanted to write into a play… $15
Hedwig Crombie’s first solo exhibition Things @ Alta Forma
From Wednesday 4 October, opening Saturday 7 October 2-4pm
Things is a collection of jewellery and sculptural works based on Anglo-Celtic and Greco-Roman folklore, mythology and Paganism. Hedwig transforms characters from old prints and illustrations into wearable pieces.
Hedwig is a graduate of Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, Auckland and RMIT University (Gold and Silversmithing).
Alta Forma is a new curated project space for artists working in expanded jewellery and object based practices.
Suite G07/620, St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Wed–Fri 11:00–3:00, Sat 12:00–3:00
Seniors Fest: Memoir Writing @ St Kilda Library
Thursday 5 October, 10 am to 11 am,
Susan-Gaye Anderson, who worked as a presenter in the early pioneering days of television, will share her skills and tips on writing to help and motivate you to create your own lasting memoir or personal fiction.
150 Carlisle Street
Seniors Fest: Getting Your Writing Out There @ St Kilda Library
Thursday 5 October, 11.30 am to 12.30 pm
Join established authors Elizabeth Quinn and Graeme Simsion (author of the Rosie Project) in exploring the avenues available for older emerging writers in getting their voices heard.
Get advice on working with blogs, to newsletters, to news outlets, publishing companies and more.
150 Carlisle Street
Michael Gawenda Book launch @ Readings
Thursday 5 October, 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm
“At a time of rising anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, My Life as a Jew is a controversial book. It is also a vital book. It should be read by activists for Israel and Zionism, as well as for the Palestinians. It should be read by readers of all political stripes.”
112 Acland Street

History is Calling – Supporting a First Nations Voice to Parliament @ St Kilda Town Hall
Thursday 5 October, 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Organised by Josh Burns MP, this is a rally to say YES to a First Nations Voice to Parliament.
There will be a keynote address from Thomas Mayo, contributions from N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs and Josh Burns MP, plus a live performance from Paul Kelly.
Seats are limited
Tex Perkins – The Man in Black @ Palais
Thursday 5 October, 8 pm
Tex Perkins returns to the stage with a brand new show playing the songs of Johnny Cash. $80
Lie With Me – exclusive screening @ Pride
Friday 6 October, 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
The Pride Fund is proudly presenting a preview of Lie With Me, based on the acclaimed novel by Philippe Besson.
All profits going towards the Rooftop Terrace Pavilion campaign. $30/$20
Drinks available at the bar with free pizza from i Carusi II. Film commences at 7.15 pm
79-81 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
In Conversation with Michael Franzese @ Palais
Friday 6 October, 8 pm
Sit down with the man Fortune Magazine called one of the 50 biggest mob bosses in the USA. Michael Franzese is the infamous real-life mafioso who walked away from ‘the life’ and lived to tell his story. Now’s your chance to hear it in person as Michael takes the hot seat with celebrated homicide detective and ‘I Catch Killers’ podcast host, Gary Jubelin. $84+
The Cartwheels @ George Lane
Friday 6 October, 7 pm
The Cartwheels are Golden Guitar winners Wendy Phypers and Dave Patterson along with renowned musicians Pete Fidler, Jacob McGuffie, Charley Phypers and Greg Field.
The Cartwheels live show features Wendy’s amazing voice, country, bluegrass, western swing including Wendy’s original songs.
Mini Market @ Christ Church
Saturday 7 October, 9.30 am – 2 pm 
Books and lots of goodies!
14 Acland Street
Safe and Sound Port Phillip @ O’Donnell Gardens
Saturday 7 October, 10 am – 1 pm
Safe and Sound Port Phillip is a chance to meet local emergency services and Council teams, while enjoying a range of activities, including:
emergency services and Council vehicles on display
emergency preparedness information stalls and sessions
interactive CPR demonstrations
a live mural painting, with free graffiti removal kit samples
animal management showbags
live music by local musician Ernest Aines.
Everyone is welcome. Bring your family, friends, and neighbours.
More info 

Design Fringe: Keynote Talk – Designing Our Utopian Futures @ Pride
Saturday 7 October, 1 pm
Join Linden New Art for an in-depth panel discussion to speculate on the boundless possibilities of our future utopias and explore the pivotal role of design in shaping the future today.
Embark on this journey of discovery alongside influential female leaders in design, urban planning, and science. Free

Madame Brussels: Death, sex and archaeology @ Betty Day Centre
Saturday 7 October, 2 pm
A highlight of the Friends of St Kilda Cemetery AGM will be a talk by historian Barbara Minchinton about Caroline Hodgson AKA Madame Brussels, Melbourne’s most famous brothel madam.
Hodgson lived and worked in Lonsdale Street, so why was she buried in the St Kilda Cemetery?
Barbara is about to publish a biography of Madame Brussels with Philip Bentley.
RSVP essential to Gabriel Hermes on 0451 831 102 by 2 October
67 Argyle Street
Why is Pierre Bonnard important? @ U3AAPP zoom seminar
Saturday 7 October, 2.30 pm – 3.30 pm
Dr Michael Adcock delves into the creative world of Pierre Bonnard, a leading 20th century painter in the Post-Impressionism and Nabis movements – and the subject of this year’s NGV Winter Masterpieces Exhibition.
Michael will discuss the life and times of Pierre Bonnard, tracing his artistic journey from his early years to his influential role in the Nabis movement. Free
Register www.u3app.org.au
The Caledonian Castaways @ George Lane Matinee Sessions
Saturday 7 October, 3 pm
Join the Caledonian Castaways and special guest Van Walker for a “late lunch Lane launch” gig.
The Caledonian Castaways are a group of ex-pat Scot musicians from Melbourne. They perform their own songs of Scotland influenced by the blues and roots of the many bands they play with. 
Get ready for some original funk, blues, rocksteady and ska. Supporting on the day is Van Walker.

The Dolly Show @ Memo
Saturday 7 October, 7 pm
Voted the UK’s Best Dolly Parton Impersonator, West End star – Kelly O’Brien is country legend Dolly Parton.
Australian born Kelly is a world-class entertainer with stunning vocal and flawless comic timing. She brilliantly captures the voice, verve and voluptuousness of the little lady from Tennessee. $55/50/40
Kitty Flanagan Live @ Palais
Saturday 7 October, 8 pm
“You’ve seen her on Fisk, Utopia and Have You Been Paying Attention. She also wrote the best-selling book, 488 Rules for Life but now it’s time for Kitty to get back where she belongs, On the stage, doing stand-up.
Kitty Flanagan Live is her brand new show full of hard laughs, good times, handy hints and a catchy little tune about underpants.”
Dalicados @ George Lane
Saturday 7 October, 7.30 pm
After enduring the disruptions of Covid lockdowns during 2020 & 2021, Dalicados faced another challenge as remarkable songsmith James Lomas lead vocalist and guitarist, was diagnosed with a rare auto immune condition called Goodpastures’ Syndrome which destroyed his kidney function in 10 days and meant he was on dialysis for the next two and a half years waiting for a kidney transplant.
This condition put a kybosh on live performances until another Dalicados member was screened to be an ideal kidney donor; James’ wife, Fiona Lee Maynard.
Supporting their friends through this process, Dalicados waited patiently, with collective positivity, eager to return to playing live music together again. Supporting on the night is Kim Volkman (solo).
Sammy Owen Blues Band @ St Kilda Bowlo
Saturday 7 October, 8 pm
The Songs of Elvis Costello @ George Lane Matinee Session
Sunday 8, October
Victor Stranges & The Futurists will be playing a matinee show of hits and obscurities.
The performance is not a costume changing tribute show, rather an affirmation of The Futurists’ love for the songs of Costello. The 4-piece band will play two sets totalling 90 minutes drawing from Costello’s first 20 years of making records from My Aim Is True (1977) to All This Useless Beauty (1996).
Melbourne Chamber Choir present Percy Grainger @ All Saints’
Sunday 8 October, 3 pm
Melbourne Chamber Choir, directed by Dr David Kram, present “Pleasurable Disturbances” with the great arranger, Percy Grainger. $25/$20
2 Chapel Street, East St Kilda

Punjab Bolda @ Palais
Sunday 8 October, 7 pm
Ranjit Bawa live in concert. $100

Next Week
Monday 9 October – Sunday 15 October

Memory Lane Café @ Victorian Pride Centre
Tuesday 10 October,1:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Meet with others who can provide friendship and support while enjoying some entertainment and light refreshments.
You will also have the opportunity to chat with trained staff and volunteers from Dementia Australia.
This event is for LGBTI+* people or allies who are living with dementia, and their family and friends.
Bookings are essential. Please RSVP by phoning Jacquie on (03) 9815 7879 or emailing vic.memorylanecafe@dementia.org.au and they will contact you.
Seniors Fest: Friends with a Firie and Coffee with a Cop @ St Kilda Library
Wednesday 11 October, 2 pm – 4 pm,
Join us for a session with representatives from Victoria Police and Fire Rescue Victoria who discuss feeling safe in public spaces and other tips for older people to be prepared for emergencies and home security.
150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda
Seniors Festival Writing Awards @ St Kilda Library
Friday 13 October, 3.30 pm – 5 pm
Join us for this enjoyable session of literature including the announcement of the of the Judges Awards. Special guests will read selections of writers’ entries.
Light refreshments included.
99a Carlisle Street Full Seniors Festival Program program now available 
Killing Time: Mysteries with History @ The Rising Sun Hotel
Friday 13 October, 6:00 pm for dinner. Show at 7.30 pm
Authors Alison Goodman (The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies), Nilima Rao (A Disappearance in Fiji), and Margaret Hickey (Broken Bay) will dissect their mysteries with host Dr Kelly Gardiner and detail what light they shed on contemporary concerns as well as those of earlier times, from the Regency era in England to Fiji in 1914, and to more recent skulduggery on South Australia’s limestone coast..,. A short AGM follows.
2 Raglan St., South Melbourne
Creating Expression with Nature & Ink Workshop @ Space2b
Saturday 14 October, 2 pm – 4 pm
Led by artist Rahila Zeeshan, this workshop will encourage you to embrace the ever-changing form of nature, by exploring and experimenting with organic objects such as twigs, sticks, native plants and leaves. It will give you the space to play with pattern and enjoy the fluidity of mark making using ink. Materials will be provided. $30 pp
144 Chapel St
Coffee, cake & crime @ Gasworks Café
Saturday 14 October, 10.30
Join L.A. Larkin (now a Port Melbourne resident) to celebrate the launch of First Victim, an action-packed and suspenseful novel that follows the story of Detective Inspector Hal Challis.
More info 
21 Graham St, Albert Park.

Plan ahead

Cocktails, Creativity and Conversations – Meet the Maker Event @ Hustle With Ease space
Thursday 19 October, 6.30 – 8 pm
Meet the incredible makers and creatives at the Hustle With Ease space – cocktail included in the ticket! $10
Special local ticket link 
In The Club @ Theatre Works
26 October – 11 November, 7.30pm
Written by Patricia Cornelius, one of Australia’s most awarded and uncompromising playwrights, In The Club is a powerful and compelling work that shines a fierce light on consent, coercion, and sexual violence. $50 Full, $42 Concession
14 Acland Street
Duration: 80 minutes no interval
Suitable for ages 16+
Warnings: Contains coarse language and adult themes including explicit retelling of sexual violence
In The Club Tix
TWiSK has two double passes for Thursday 26 October 7.30 pm for readers to win.
Email with subject line ‘In The Club’ by 5 pm Monday 9 October to go in the draw.

Worlds Series Barefoot Bowls @ St Kilda Bowlo

Wednesday 11 October – Wednesday 22 November, 6.30 pm
Seven-week tournament for new bowlers. Prizes, snacks and colored balls. $75
Get a taste at learn to bowl and BBQ Wednesday 4 October 6.30 pm
Get more info 0411 413 617
The Rainbow Bridges exhibition @ Pride
Until November
The Rainbow Bridges art project brings together the voices of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people and older members of the LGBTIQA+ community of the Macedon Ranges.
The project features a collection of photographs and video clips created by local community members in collaboration with Woodend-based Tracey Strong of Strong Productions and Kyneton photographer Lakshal (Lucky) Perera.
New music launch pad @ St Kilda Festival
Applications close 5 pm, Wednesday 18 October
Entries are now open for the New Music Competition where 10 emerging musicians will be selected to play the New Music Stage on day two of St Kilda Festival, performing in front of music-lovers flocking to the beachside suburb.
The winning act, as voted by the passionate Festival audience, will take home a $5,000 cash prize and book their spot on the St Kilda Festival Main Stage in 2025.
Since its inception in 2007, the New Music Competition has helped launch the careers of some of Australia’s most esteemed artists, including Baker Boy, Client Liaison and many others.
Entry details 

Referendum: Local Early voting Centres

Monday 2 October – Friday 6 October: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Saturday 7 October: 9 am – 4 pm
Monday 9 October – Thursday 12 October: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Friday 13 October: 8.30 am – 6 pm
Unfortunately, St Kilda has been overlooked for an early voting centre.
The nearest pre-poll centres are located in Malvern, Brighton, Port Melbourne and Ashburton.
See on map 
St Stephen’s Church Hall
111 North Rd, Brighton
St George’s Anglican Church
296 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern
Port Melbourne Town Hall
333 Bay St, Port Melbourne
1st Ashburton Scout Hall
337 High St, Ashburton

St Kilda / Elwood polling places
Saturday 14 October

Voting near St Kilda / Elwood
See on map 

Betty Day Centre
67 Argyle St, St Kilda
Christ Church Community Centre
14 Acland St, St Kilda
St Kilda Police & Citizens Youth Club
179 Inkerman St, St Kilda
St Kilda Park Primary School
68 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
St Kilda Primary School
2B Brighton Rd, St Kilda
St Kilda Scouts Hall
26 Avoca Ave, Elwood
St Mary’s Parish Hall
208 Dandenong Rd, St Kilda East
St Columba’s Primary School
24 Glen Huntly Rd, Elwood
Elwood College
101 Glen Huntly Rd, Elwood
Elwood Primary School
Cnr Mitford St and Poets Gr, Elwood
Ripponlea Primary School
25 Carrington Gr, St Kilda East

Eildon Mansion back on the market with $12m price tag

White knight property investors and art dealers Gary Singer and his partner Geoffrey Smith have decided to sell the historic Eildon Mansion on Grey Street just 18 months after they bought it in April last year.
They paid $10.45M and have spent a pile of cash ‘deinstitutionalising’ the property preparing it for residential purposes but changed plans.
Listed by Kay & Burton Stonnington, it’s described as “looking for a revival, this property presents a rare blank canvas well suited to meet a myriad of uses for 21st century living.”
Expressions of Interest close 26 October, 5pm 

unChain’s point of view on views from Triangle

unChain has commissioned an architect to generate 3D impressions of the scale of the proposed music venue at the Triangle.
Posted on their Facebook site, the images show the proposed structures from a variety of human scale points of view.
unChain says “These images are an artist’s impression, generated through 3D computer modelling to represent the proposed design within the St Kilda context to create an accurate representation of the venue as best as possible. The imagery produced are for illustrative purposes only, demonstrating the proposed design on site from street level.”
unChain says “these images are alarming, to say the least.”
TWiSK has yet to verify the accuracy of the images. Scale and the impact on view lines will always be an issue on the Triangle, especially in comparision to a ground level car park. In any case, it will be up to the proponents to present accurate information to residents on view lines at every stage of the planning process.
View the 3D images here

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